Aggregated news from Birmingham's leading news sources.
Birmingham loses construction jobs over last 12 months
Construction employment dipped in Birmingham from August 2013 to August 2014.
Though the state had a 4 percent increase in construction employment, representing over 3,400 more jobs in August 2014 than last year, Birmingham's employment numbers dipped 3 percent during that time.
According to data released by the Associated General Contractors of America, Birmingham ranked 286 out of more than 330 metros surveyed in the year-over-year statistics.
“Even as construction employment contin...
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 01, 2014 1:38:00 PM
The Sanders Trust acquires Texas medical office building
Birmingham-based The Sanders Trust has acquired a large medical office building in Abilene, Texas.
The health care real estate investment company purchased the 77,000-square-foot building, which is located next to the Abilene Regional Medical Center. The price was not disclosed.
“This MOB is an excellent example of how post-acute health care services are being more conveniently delivered to patients today,” said Rance Sanders, president and CEO of The Sanders Trust. “We are very pleased ...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 01, 2014 12:06:00 PM
Top of the List: Birmingham's largest credit unions
Birmingham-based credit unions are following a national trend of increased members, loans, and assets.
Alabama credit unions recently hit a record 1.9 million members, with a reported average growth of 7.1 percent in total loans for the second quarter. Recent trends suggest a bright outlook for Birmingham credit unions, which appear to be following suit with statewide growth.
Our recent ranking of the top 25 credit unions in Birmingham reveals that 80 percent of credit unions increase...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 01, 2014 11:28:00 AM
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza to open first Alabama location in Hoover
A Charlotte-based pizza chain is entering the Alabama market in Hoover.
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza will be opening at Patton Creek at the first of 2015, according to a spokesperson for the restaurant.
The 3,500-square-foot location will be located at 4340 Creekside Ave. at Patton Creek.
Miller Terry with Blackwater Management represented the landlord in the lease.
Rolling Dough LLC, which is a corporation formed by franchisees Russell Pate and Courtney Mason, will open the Brixx locati...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 01, 2014 10:58:00 AM
?Lowder New Homes Inc. names new president
Lowder New Homes Inc. will be under new leadership after announcing on Tuesday that James W. “Jimmy” Rutland IV had been promoted to president of the company.
Rutland previously served the Montgomery-based company as vice president for 15 years prior to his promotion, according to a release from Lowder New Homes Inc. In addition to his leadership skills, he is also a certified Graduate Builder and Green Professional Builder by the National Association of Home Builders.
“Lowder New Homes ...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 01, 2014 8:45:00 AM
?The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham to host Smart Party 3.0
The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham plans to host its third annual Smart Party on Thursday, Oct. 16 at Iron City Birmingham. The event plans to celebrate 10 women “who think big.”
Smart Party 3.0 will serves as a fundraiser for The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham, which supports programs for women and girls. Party-goers can expect to participate in a more modern incarnation of the telethon, featuring the latest in crowd-funding technology and social media. Participants will be competi...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 01, 2014 8:41:00 AM
Downtown Huntsville loses cheese shop, gains catering company
Downtown Huntsville may be losing a cheese shop, but it will soon be gaining a new popular local eatery.
Belle Chere will move from its spot as the anchor tenant of downtown’s Clinton Row Project and Carrie’s Kitchen will take over the space on Wednesday, according to a report from AL.com. Carrie’s Kitchen, a popular farmer’s market vendor, offers both drop-off and full-service catering, the report said.
The report said Carrie’s Kitchen serves chicken salad, different kinds of specialty…...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 01, 2014 8:33:00 AM
CDC Confirms First Ebola Case Diagnosed in U.S. (Video)
CDC Confirms First Ebola Case Diagnosed in U.S. (Video)
...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 01, 2014 8:29:00 AM
L.A. Bikini to open third location
Birmingham-based L.A. Bikini is about to open its third location in the metro.
The store will open at Patton Creek at 4441 Creekside Ave., Suite 129 on Oct. 9.
“We are excited about the opening of our new store, which was designed and built specifically with the L.A. Bikini brand in mind,” said owner Clay Haley in a release.
With locations already in Cahaba Heights and the other in Patton Creek, L.A. Bikini will offer an alternative to waxing, known as sugaring. L.A. Bikini is the lon...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 01, 2014 8:22:00 AM
SKF Solution Factory ready to call Moody home
SKF Solution Factory will officially open its new Moody facility in late October.
A subsidiary of SKF Group, a Sweden-based supplier of rolling ball bearings and seals among other products, SKF Solution Factory announced its entry into the Birmingham region in the summer of 2013.
The company signed a long-term lease on a 31,200-square-foot building that is being developed by Graham & Co. at Moody Commerce Park in St. Clair County.
The project, which was reported at the time to create ...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 01, 2014 8:13:00 AM
Vestavia Hills slated for second Zaxby's location
Vestavia Hills is slated to get its second Zaxby's restaurant.
In late September, the Vestavia City Council voted to rezone the lot at 3207 Bearden Court from a residential designation to business to allow the restaurant to build.
Charlie Beavers, who is representing Fowl Play Inc. said the restaurant will be 3,652 square feet and will be located on the one-acre site discussed in the meeting.
Construction could start during the first or final quarter of 2015. Beavers said the owners a...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 01, 2014 8:07:00 AM
Action Resources/ARI Logistics to move downtown Oct. 8
Action Resources and its subsidiary ARI Logistics are preparing to move into their new downtown home.
According to Shannon Waltchack, whose principals and a group of investors own the Paramount building, the companies plan to move in on Oct. 8.
David Spencer of Shannon Waltchack represented Action Resources/ARI Logistics in the 10,000-square-foot lease at 200 20th Street N. in downtown Birmingham.
Action Resources announced its intent to move itself and its subsidiary into the 15,000-...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, October 01, 2014 8:03:00 AM
Baremetrics receives $500K investment from General Catalyst
Baremetrics, a remote software company whose founder is based in Birmingham, has received a $500,000 investment from Cambirdge, Mass.-based venture capital firm General Catalyst Partners as part of the newly-launched GC Stripe Platform Initiative.
Stripe Inc. has been gaining international attention due to recent deals allowing it to power the online buy buttons featured on sites like Facebook and Twitter. According to the Wall Street Journal, General Catalyst, which was an early backer of ...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, September 30, 2014 7:06:00 PM
Walmart Neighborhood Grocery planned for Valleydale Marketplace
Walmart Stores Inc. has leased 44,000 square feet in the Valleydale Marketplace for a Walmart Neighborhood Grocery.
Located in the former Winn-Dixie part of the shopping center at Valleydale Road and Caldwell Mill Road, the boutique grocery store is under construction and is expected to open by the end of 2014.
Kyle Nageleisen, who is in charge of leasing the Valleydale Marketplace for Midland Atlantic, said the grocer will be a key component of the center and the trade area.
“I think...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, September 30, 2014 3:46:00 PM
#BizOfBham for September feat. O'Henry's Coffees, Renaissance Records and more
#BizOfBham for September feat. O'Henry's Coffees, Renaissance Records and more
...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, September 30, 2014 3:41:00 PM
Conditions of Alabama banks and thrifts improves, but OCC warns of potential risks
The overall condition of national banks and federal savings associations in Alabama and the eight other states that make up the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s Southern District continues to improve, the banking regulator reported today.
The OCC said 89 percent of its 468 supervised institutions in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas had a composite rating of 1 or 2, which are the top ratings in a five-point scale indicating...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, September 30, 2014 3:10:00 PM
New building planned to house UAB's Collat School of Business
The University of Alabama at Birmingham has plans to construct a new 105,000-square-foot facility to house its Collat School of Business.
The new building will be located on the corner of University Boulevard and 13th Street South and will also be home to the Institute For Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Birmingham-based real estate company Medical Properties Trust gave UAB $1 million in funding for the project and that money will be used to construct the building's auditorium.
"Givi...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, September 30, 2014 3:01:00 PM
What Bressler Amery & Ross has planned for Birmingham
Bressler Amery & Ross PC, which will soon move into permanent space in downtown Birmingham, is committed to the Magic City, its managing partner said in a recent interview.
As we reported last week, the New Jersey-based law firm will move to an approximately 20,000-square-foot space on the 15th floor of Park Place Tower from its temporary offices in the Wells Fargo Tower.
It will bring 20 attorneys and eight supporting staff to its new offices in early November.
“We felt it was the be...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:31:00 PM
REV Birmingham awarded $100K grant for Urban Food Project
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given a $100,000 grant to REV Birmingham's Urban Food Project to support the region's organic food industry.
“The UFP aims to revitalize places and grow businesses while creating healthy food access in low income communities and food desserts.” said REV CEO David Fleming.
The grant will be used to fund equipment and expand delivery staff for REV’s Farm to Corner Store initiative, which improves food access in underserved communities, according to a...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:15:00 PM
Girls Inc. names new CEO
The Girls Inc. of Central Alabama, an area nonprofit, has hired a new president and CEO.
The organization's board of directors voted Connie Hill to lead the position, effective November 31.
“I am thrilled to have Connie Hill, a veteran nonprofit executive with a proven track record as a strong community advocate, as the new president and CEO of Girls Inc. of Central Alabama,” said board chair Kelli Robinson. “Connie's passion for girls, women and families, as well as her substantial nonp...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:13:00 PM
Insomnia Cookies to open in October, will deliver until 3 a.m.
Insomnia Cookies will open its first Alabama store at the beginning of October.
According to a release from the company this week, the 1919 11th Ave. S. location at Five Points will feature a full ice cream menu to go along with its famous cookie selection.
The Pennsylvania-based cookie store has not pinpointed an exact opening date, but the just under 1,000-square-foot location will be serving cookies in the next couple of weeks.
Located near UAB, the cookie shop will serve cookies u...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:10:00 PM
U.S. Steel sells 70K acres in Alabama
U.S. Steel Corp. has sold more than 70,000 acres in Birmingham and surrounding areas to a Mississippi company.
Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel, one of Alabama's largest landowners, sold the property to Jackson, Miss.-based Valley Creek Land & Timber in a $56.6 million deal, according to public records.
The sale includes land in Jefferson, Walker, Shelby, Bibb and Tuscaloosa counties. U.S. Steel reportedly owned about 150,000 acres as of 2011 - according to an executive's interview with AL.co...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:02:00 PM
Birmingham construction contracts increase in August
Construction contracts awarded for the month of August spiked in the Birmingham metro area, according to data released this week by McGraw Hill Construction.
Nonresidential contracts totaled $98 million, which is a $69.8 million and 28 percent increase over contracts awarded the same time last year.
Residential contracts totaled $88 million, a 94 percent increase over August 2013's total of $45 million.
Total building in the area that includes Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby,...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, September 30, 2014 1:59:00 PM
Murdoch's News Corp. to buy realtor.com
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. has agreed to buy a majority share in realtor.com.
The nearly $1 billion deal was announced today, according to a report by CNN.
Realtor.com, which displays the majority of properties listed for sale in the United States, will also be partly owned by REA Group Lmited.
The Australian-based and News Corp.-controlled company will buy 20 percent of realtor.com for around $200 million. News Corp. will pay $950 million for its 80 percent shares.
...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, September 30, 2014 1:37:00 PM
Doster starts work on $45 million Louisville apartment development
Birmingham-based Doster Construction Co. has broken ground on a large multifamily project in Louisville, Ky.
The $45 million Clubhouse Student Apartments project, which will be located adjacent to the University of Louisville's campus, is underway.
The 400,000-square-foot wood-frame development will consist of three buildings, each with five stories. There will be 758 total beds in the project, along with a five-and-a-half level parking garage with 625 spaces.
Henneman Engineering Inc...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, September 30, 2014 1:26:00 PM
By Javacia Harris Bowser While the world watches news headlines on the conflict in eastern Ukraine, UAB alumna Rachel Hicks is getting a much closer view—as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) on assignment at the United States Embassy in the capital of Kyiv. (“Kyiv,” she explains, reflects the Ukrainian spelling, rather than the Russian “Kiev.”) The two-year fellowship, designed for recent graduates looking to land a job with the federal government, is quite prestigious: Out of mo...UAB Magazine at Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:20:35 PM
Blue Cross CEO Terry Kellogg on Alabama's health insurance landscape
Terry Kellogg is the president and CEO of the most dominant health care provider in the state of Alabama.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama makes up nearly 90 percent of the state's health insurance marketshare, but it could be facing more competition once the second enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act opens on Nov. 15.
I sat down with Kellogg to get his thoughts on the upcoming second enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, the current state of Alabama's health insurance ...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, September 30, 2014 10:54:00 AM
Chicken Salad Chick opens at Lee Branch
Birmingham's first Chicken Salad Chick is opening today.
The Village at Lee Branch at 210 Doug Baker Blvd., Suite 200 will welcome the Auburn-based fast casual restaurant, which has bigger plans for the metro.
Chicken Salad Chick has already announced two other area locations, one in Homewood's Soho district at 1830 29 th Ave. S. and the other on the Southside at 2112 Seventh Ave. S.
“We are excited that the day is finally here to begin serving the city of Birmingham,” said Kevin Bro...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, September 30, 2014 10:51:00 AM
Asahi Kasei Plastics break ground on Athens facility
Athens and Limestone County celebrated a new facility offering new jobs at the groundbreaking of a $30 million advanced thermoplastics compounding plant on Monday.
Japanese-based Asahi Kasei Plastics announced in May that it would build a second U.S. location on a 51-acre site in Limestone County, according to a report from AL.com. The report said the plant would manufacture plastic resin in pellet form to then be shipped to a molding facility.
The plastics will be used in a variety of ...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, September 30, 2014 8:23:00 AM
Chemical engineering majors top list of lifetime earners
Chemical engineering majors will make the most money of all undergraduate majors over their lifetime according to a recent report from Business Insider.
People who graduate with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering will earn over $2 million on average during their life. Data for the rankings came from a study by the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution.
The engineering field is the most prominent for lifetime earnings, with the top nine earners holding bachelor's degrees...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, September 30, 2014 8:21:00 AM
U.S. Steel Fairfield Works cited for 14 serious violations since 2002
Many questions are being asked following an explosion last week at the U.S. Steel Fairfield Works that left two dead and another in serious condition.
Investigation by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA, continues into the cause of the incident, but reports have shown that the company has weathered several past violations.
As we reported following the incident, A pipe exploded at the Fairfield Work’s Q-BOP on Sunday, which resulted in the three workers sustaining ...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, September 30, 2014 8:15:00 AM
Hong Kong Protesters Press for Free and Open Elections (Video)
Hong Kong Protesters Press for Free and Open Elections (Video)
...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, September 30, 2014 7:34:00 AM
BBVA Compass closes sale of $1B in senior notes
BBVA Compass has closed the sale of $1 billion in bank note offerings, which was its first debt offering in seven years, its bank holding company, BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc., announced today.
The company said it intends to use the proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes, as well as serving as a source of diversification of its funding base.
The Birmingham-based bank closed the sale of $400 million in aggregate principal amount of its 1.850 percent unsecured senior notes...Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, September 29, 2014 4:04:00 PM
Birmingham’s 10 largest banks by deposits
Which banks hold the most deposits inside the Birmingham-Hoover metro market?
According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s new deposit market share report - released today, 48 banks reported $32.9 billion in local deposits as of June 30, up by 9 percent from the $30.2 billion in area deposits a year earlier.
Birmingham banking giant Regions Bank remained the area’s largest bank with $11.5 billion in local deposits and 35.09 percent of the market share. Its deposits held inside the ...Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, September 29, 2014 3:46:00 PM
Which Birmingham hospital had the highest total patient revenue in 2013?
Throughout the course of the week, I'll be looking at 2013 financial data from some of the larger Birmingham hospitals and how certain numbers have changed since 2012. All data comes from the American Hospital Directory.
The first metric is total patient revenue, which is calculated by subtracting expenses from outpatient and inpatient revenue sources.
Here's a look at five Birmingham hospitals in order of the highest total patient revenue:
2012: $4.1 billion
2013:...Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, September 29, 2014 3:29:00 PM
Lawson State receives $4M in federal grants for employment programs
One Alabama community college recently received a sizable federal grant aimed at job training.
Lawson State in Birmingham will be the lead college in a group of Southern schools that will split the $10 million grant from Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program, according to a report from the Associated Press.
The funds will be used to help community colleges pair with employers for education and career training programs to aid in workforce development, ...Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, September 29, 2014 3:25:00 PM
BBJ launches Brand Madness to find Bham's favorite brand
Birmingham has been home to a number of memorable brands over the years.
Many of those brands, like Parisian and Just For Feet, are no longer around. But others – from titans of tea to retail giants – are still going strong today.
The Birmingham Business Journal is launching a new effort to determine the Magic City’s favorite brand.
Our Brand Madness competition will pit 64 of Birmingham’s top brands in an online, bracket-style voting tournament to determine the overall favorite.
B...Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, September 29, 2014 1:55:00 PM
BBVA Compass taps new executive to oversee its CRA program
Veteran banker Chris McGillis has been named head of BBVA Compass' Community Reinvestment Act program, as part of the Birmingham-based bank's strategy to centralize responsibility and management of its community development efforts.
CRA is a federal law intended to encourage depository institutions to help meet the credit needs of the communities in which they operate, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.
As CRA program administration director, McGillis will manage the repor...Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, September 29, 2014 1:18:00 PM
BBJ's top 10 most memorable social media comments of September
What would a publication be without feedback? Throughout the month of September, we monitored our comments and whittled them down to a top 10 list of the most memorable comments. Click the gallery to view our top ten that were too good to put in a ranking order.
...Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, September 29, 2014 1:10:00 PM
Coca-Cola Bottling United confirms Florida expansion
Birmingham-based Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United, or CCBCU, announced today that the company plans to expand its footprint to Valparaiso and Pensacola, Fla.
CCBCU, which currently operates in seven southeastern states, began operating in its new territories on Sept. 27, according to a release from the company. This follows an announcement from the company after signing letters of intent to expand their territory last year.
“We are pleased to include Pensacola Coca-Cola Bottling Co. into th...Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, September 29, 2014 11:57:00 AM
Meet PNC’s new regional president for northern Alabama
With a finance degree in hand, Brian Bucher still wasn’t sure what career path he would take. In fact, working at a bank was far from the top of his list.
A friend, who was in human resources, convinced Bucher, who currently serves as the regional president of PNC’s northern Alabama market, that working at a bank would allow him to meet many different companies in several industries.
“At that time, I thought the last place I ever wanted to work was a bank,” he said. “If I wasn’t interest...Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, September 29, 2014 11:35:00 AM
Two high-profile cancer researchers join UAB
The University of Alabama at Birmingham has lured two internationally known cancer researchers to join its ranks.
The husband-and-wife team of Dr. Ravi Bhatia and Dr. Smita Bhatia will join UAB in January 2015.
Dr. Ravi Bhatia has been appointed director of the UAB Division of Hematology and Oncology and as the deputy director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. His wife, Dr. Smita Bhatia will hold new positions as director of the Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship in the...Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, September 29, 2014 10:51:00 AM
Magazine names best local spot to celebrate National Coffee Day
Sept. 29 will mark National Coffee Day and coffee connoisseurs will be pleased after one publication recently released their list of best local coffee shops in each state.
Business Insider wanted to break away from the major corporate coffee giants like Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks when making their list, focusing only on small, localized establishments. For Alabama, it was a Birmingham favorite that topped the list.
O’Henry’s Coffees was named the best local coffee shop in Alabama by Bu...Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, September 29, 2014 8:52:00 AM
FAA Clears Six Film Companies to Use Drones (Video)
FAA Clears Six Film Companies to Use Drones (Video)
...Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, September 29, 2014 7:24:00 AM
Birmingham breweries help make Alabama Brewfest successful
Beer fans showed up in force to the L&N Station in downtown Tuscaloosa for the second annual Alabama Brewfest on Friday and Saturday. Among the diverse group of vendors were several Birmingham favorites that have become statewide staples.
Over 50 different breweries were present for the event, and Birmingham was well represented by Avondale Brewing Co., Good People Brewing Co. and Trim Tab Brewing Co. Festival goers swarmed the Trim Tab station to refill their sample glasses with local beer...Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, September 29, 2014 7:21:00 AM
American Family Care alerts customers of stolen laptops containing patient information
American Family Care of Birmingham is alerting customers following the theft of two laptops containing sensitive information from an employee’s vehicle earlier this summer.
The laptops contain information concerning work-related injuries, physicals, immunizations and drug screens and were stolen in Marietta, Ga., according to a release from AFC. The company also wanted customers to know the information did not pertain to general primary or urgent care visits and were not used in direct pat...Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, September 29, 2014 7:19:00 AM
Tech sector jobs expected to grow 15 percent by 2022
The number of jobs in the tech sector continues to grow as companies expand and navigate new territory during the digital revolution.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently validated growth in one industry referred to as “computer and information research scientists.” The Bureau predicted that job growth within the industry would increase 15 percent from 2012 to 2022.
The study also provided a favorable forecast for software developers, with a predicted growth rate of 22 percent over th...Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, September 29, 2014 7:16:00 AM
Bham banks are continuing to lend to consumers and businesses
Birmingham metro banks boosted their combined outstanding loan balances by 7.4 percent in the second quarter, according to an analysis of data compiled by BankDATAWORKS.com.
The 20 banks reported $142.7 billion in total loans and leases as of June 30, compared to $132.8 billion during the same period a year earlier.
The activity was driven by increased consumer and business lending. Non-real estate consumer loans, which includes loans to individuals for household, family and other person...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, September 26, 2014 3:57:00 PM
Regulators issue consent order for Alamerica Bank
Alamerica Bank has entered into a consent order with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Alabama State Banking Department.
The Birmingham-based bank has agreed to make improvements related to its weaknesses in capital, asset quality, management, earnings, liquidity, sensitivity to market risk and its compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act.
The bank has reported a quarterly net loss for every quarter since the fourth quarter of 2011, and it hasn’t reported an annual profit since 200...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, September 26, 2014 3:30:00 PM
How Alabama plans to tackle the student loan crisis (Video)
After two successful years, state officials continue to overhaul the education system for the betterment of students with Plan 2020.
Dr. Tommy Bice, state superintendent of education, said the state’s most recent initiative seeks to decrease student loan debt through an increase in high school graduation rates and a decrease in the number of hours student take in college remedial classes.
As we reported in this week's cover story, the nation is in the midst of a student loan crisis tha...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, September 26, 2014 1:28:00 PM
Blount County alcohol sales: Alabama Supreme Court to hold session at Samford University on appeal
The Alabama Supreme Court has announced that on Nov. 6 it will hear an appeal of Blount County Circuit Judge Steven King's ruling last fall that paved the way for Oneonta, Blountsville and other towns in the county to hold "wet/dry" votes on whether alcohol should be sold in their communities.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Alcohol sales are already underway at some locations in Oneonta, and one Blountsville grocery store...Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, September 11, 2014 10:12:34 AM
Labor Day: Websites, apps and hotlines to make travel easier
Many states have road condition information available by phone and via smartphone apps.
As the Labor Day holiday and college football season kick off, the region's roadways will be under added pressure during the next few days as travelers head to their destinations.
If traveling by car, as AAA estimates 30 million people will do this weekend, many states provide road conditions and travel information by dialing 511.
Many st...Birmingham News/AL.com at Friday, August 29, 2014 1:02:07 PM
Fun College Activities That Every Student Should Do
With a new and independent life in college, students sometimes look for ways to have fun and to be with their new college classmates. There are a lot of great ways to enjoy college life and here are some of these great college activities; Watch a late night movie premier with your friends New movies […]...Birmingham Weekly at Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:48:29 PM
Birmingham, Alabama Blizzard of 1993
...Birmingham Weekly at Wednesday, August 13, 2014 12:42:06 AM
San Francisco Elections Promise $15 Minimum Wage
San Francisco is known to have the highest wage floor in the US and lately San Francisco Mayor, Ed Lee has mentioned a consensus measure that he would boost the city’s minimum wage to $15. This wage increase will reach full implementation before similar wage increases will be provided in Seattle. This significant wage increase […]...Birmingham Weekly at Monday, August 11, 2014 12:59:32 AM
Interstate 65 north: Traffic flow resumes after Green Springs crash
Right lane has been reopened as of 7:35 a.m.
ALDOT camera image of traffic along Interstate 65 northbound between Montgomery Highway and Alford Avenue at 8:34 a.m. Monday, June 30, 2014. Major delays continue from a wreck which has closed all but one lane at Green Springs Avenue. Contributed photo / ALDOT
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- A crash between an 18-wheeler, a garbage truck and an SUV quickly turned Interstate 65's Mond...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, June 30, 2014 7:44:44 AM
Interstate 20/59: ALDOT to begin median barrier installation Monday
Barriers will go in an area where two fatal median crossover crashes have happened this year.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- The Alabama Department of Transportation plans to begin a project Monday night to extend the concrete median barrier and add cable rail barriers along Interstate 20/59 west of downtown.
The area has been the scene of two fatal median crossover crashes this year.
The most recent wreck occurred May 29 when a wes...Birmingham News/AL.com at Friday, June 27, 2014 6:57:31 PM
Interstate 20 west: Truck overturns, spills lumber
As of 11 a.m., one lane is open along the I-20 westbound ramp to I-59 south.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- An 18-wheeler overturned along the Interstate 20 westbound ramp to Interstate 59 Friday morning, spilling lumber and closing the ramp for a few hours.
10:58 a.m.: The left lane is now open along the ramp to Interstate 59, according to police.
10:37 a.m.: The truck is upright. Cleanup and removal continues.
8:32 a.m.: Pol...Birmingham News/AL.com at Friday, June 27, 2014 9:11:35 AM
Interstate 65 south: Crash blocks right lane near Fultondale
FULTONDALE, Alabama -- A crash along Interstate 65 southbound near the U.S. 31 interchange stalled inbound traffic Friday morning. 9:34 a.m.: Delays are easing. 9:12 a.m.: Heavy delays continue through the Interstate 22 construction zone, though speeds have increased slightly. 8:01 a.m.: The crash is blocking the right lane. Details on the crash weren't immediately available. Drivers report heavy...
FULTONDALE, Alabama -- A crash along Inter...Birmingham News/AL.com at Friday, June 27, 2014 9:03:16 AM
Alabama appeals court: U.S. Supreme Court ruling on juvenile killers not retroactive for Birmingham
Brando Foster's attorney last year filed an appeal asking that he be re-sentenced with the hope of eventually getting his freedom due to a 2012 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that automatic life without parole sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals today, however, ruled the U.S. Supreme Court is not retroactive for older cases.
Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals rules U.S. Sup...Birmingham News/AL.com at Friday, June 06, 2014 6:42:41 PM